Have I ever mentioned that I love my home state?
According to Breitbart News, “a bill introduced Tuesday in the Alabama State House would ban all abortions at any stage of pregnancy, except if the mother’s health is in danger.”
The HB 314 bill, dubbed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, is sponsored by Republican state Representative Terri Collins (8th District) and it would “make abortion a Class A felony and attempted abortion a Class C felony.”
In other words, abortion would largely be treated like murder, as it should be. My one gripe about this is that I don’t quite understand the reason behind attempted abortion only being a Class C felony. Attempted murder classifies as a Class B felony (really any attempt of a Class A felony is classified as Class B) so I don’t know why it is only Class C. Class C felonies include second degree murder, but second degree is non-premeditated murder. One would have a hard time explaining how an abortion would not be premeditated (outside of someone looking to murder a pregnant woman, in which case it would count as a double homicide).
But outside of that, this is an absolutely beautiful bill that I pray to God will pass in the House (it should, since there are 77 Republicans and only 28 Democrats) and pass the Senate (again, it should also pass since there are 27 Republicans and only 8 Democrats) and make its way to Governor Kay Ivey’s desk (spoiler alert, she’s also a Republican).
According to Rep. Terri Collins, the bill “simply criminalizes abortion… Hopefully, it takes it all the way to the Supreme Court to overturn [Roe].”
Of course, considering this bill goes against the Roe decision, it will almost certainly be challenged in court, but that’s the point. Their hope is that it will force the Supreme Court to take another look at Roe v. Wade, recognize its unconstitutionality (as I said in an article from November of last year titled “Leftist Judge Makes The Dumbest Arguments For Overturning Abortion Ban”) and overturn the most infamous decision the Court has made since Dred Scott.
Here’s specifically some of what the bill states:
“This bill would make abortion and attempted abortion felony offenses except in cases where abortion is necessary in order to prevent a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother. This bill would provide that a woman who receives an abortion will not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable for receiving the abortion.”
So there’s a couple of things I want to point out here. First, while I often have heard of making the exception in the case of the mother being at serious health risk due to the pregnancy, I have never actually heard of a particular example of that happening.
To my knowledge, a pregnancy does tend to cause a mother to risk her life or health. There are times when there are complications, no doubt about it, but I have never actually heard of an example where an abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother. Now, I concede that it’s not outside the realm of possibilities that a pregnancy could, in fact, cause the mother to run health and/or life risks, so I won’t make too much of a fuss over this, I just have never been told of any specific example where a pregnancy causes health risks for the mother to the point abortion is necessary.
Second, I really like that second part, where the bill would not hold the mother seeking an abortion criminally liable or culpable. One of the most incessant (and perhaps powerful) arguments the Left often makes against bills such as these is that they claim they would hold the mother criminally culpable “just” for seeking an abortion. But this bill says it flat out that the one who would be seen as committing the crime is the one who performs the abortion, not the mother who is seeking one.
While I argue that seeking an abortion is no different from someone hiring a hitman to kill someone else, I can understand the difficulties it would pose if the bill were to criminalize the mother’s behavior as well as the actual act. This takes an arrow out of the Left’s quiver.
The bill also notes of the numerous atrocities that have happened in history that people consider to have been huge human rights violations:
“It is estimated that 6,000,000 Jewish people were murdered in German concentration camps during World War II; 3,000,000 people were executed by Joseph Stalin’s regime in Soviet gulags; 2,500,000 people were murdered during the Chinese ‘Great Leap Forward’ in 1958; 1,500,000 to 3,000,000 people were murdered by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia during the 1970s; and approximately 1,000,000 people were murdered during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. All of these are widely acknowledged to have been crimes against humanity. By comparison, more than 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States since the Roe decision in 1973, more than three times the number who were killed in German death camps, Chinese purges, Stalin’s gulags, Cambodian killing fields, and the Rwandan genocide combined.”
One thing I would like to note is that there have actually been more than 60 million people killed by abortion since 1973, so that changes the math a little bit. Also, while 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, estimates range from 10 to 20 million total people, including people like Gypsies, Russians, homosexuals, disabled people, etc. I would also like to point towards the Armenian genocide, where 1.5 million people were killed. And I would also like to point towards the Soviet famine of 1932-33, where 3.3 to 7.5 million people died in Ukraine alone, with another roughly 2 million died in Kazakhstan. I mention this famine because it is widely considered to be a genocide on the part of Joseph Stalin’s regime.
My point is that some of the most egregious genocides and crimes against humanity pale in comparison to the atrocity and evil of abortion, where 60 million have died in the U.S. ALONE, and 1.5 billion worldwide since 1980.
And yet, abortion is not only seen as perfectly and morally acceptable, but as an outright right that every woman deserves.
More people have been aborted than have been alive for the majority of mankind’s existence. In 1960, the population of the world was only 3 billion. Half than number has been killed in the last 40 years. At the turn of the 20th century, the lower estimate for the world’s population is 1.5 billion. So in 40 years, abortion has killed as many people has have ever been alive up until the 1900s.
This should be considered the biggest and most egregious genocide the world’s ever seen or faced, but it’s seen as an afterthought (if people even come to know this in the first place).
But thankfully, and in an interesting fashion, some states are looking to turn things around.
It is interesting, in my opinion, the sort of trend I’ve noticed about states and abortion “rights”. What do I mean? Well, consider back when New York signed into law (and largely cheered like they won a Superbowl) an egregious law that would decriminalize the murder of unborn babies as well as many other things. Other blue states picked that sort of thing up and it created a trend of advancing the pro-abortion cause, with states like Virginia having proposed a law that would allow for third-trimester abortions and talks about allowing after-birth abortions to be legalized.
In a sort of similar manner, though largely a counter-punch to that trend, we see some red states adopting strong pro-life laws, like Georgia’s and Ohio’s heartbeat bills (though one of them is expected to be made into law because Ohio had the misfortune of having John Kasich as their Governor at the time that bill passed state Congress).
So apart from Ohio’s and Georgia’s heartbeat bills, Alabama proposes an even more conservative pro-life bill that would outright criminalize abortion (with one exception regarding health of the mother).
And naturally, Planned Parenthood Southeast CEO Staci Fox said the bill was a “death sentence for women across the state.” No, ma’am, a death sentence is having a woman feel she is in the right in getting rid of her daughter in the womb. THAT is a death sentence for women… and blacks… and Hispanics… and anyone else.
Again, one can only hope that this bill passes in Alabama (again, I expect it to), sets precedent for other states to follow suit and reaches the Supreme Court to have them finally address and recognize the unconstitutionality and outright evil of abortion that violates the first of the three basic God-given rights as described in the Declaration of Independence: the right to life.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.”
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